Description of Events and Rules
Mad Hatter Marathons The Middle school Mad Hatter Marathon is an integrated format of algebra and geometry that all 6^{th}, 7^{th} and 8^{th} graders can take with awards by grade level. It will consist of 50 multiple choice questions. Awards will be given by grade level.
· The following are tests
of rapid problem solution, computation, and estimation. There will be six
divisions in this event, identified by subject matter to be included in the
test. Only students who are currently
enrolled in a corresponding course are eligible to compete in a Mad Hatter
Marathon. Students enrolled in
higher level courses are disallowed. The
subjects are:
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Algebra I
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Geometry
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Algebra II
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Statistics
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Open
(Precalculus)
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Calculus
 The first 25
problems on each Mad Hatter Marathon (except for Calculus) will be shown on a
screen, flashcards, or chalkboard. Each student will work on the problems and
write down the answers. Each of these problems will be timed. Problems will be
shown rapidly. Not every student will be able to work on every problem.
 The second 25
problems will be handed to students on photocopied sheets, and each student
will work the problems as quickly as possible. The Calculus Mad Hatter will be
40 problems on photocopied sheets.
 Problems will be
chosen from applied as well as pure mathematics. Some will require an exact
answer, while others will require approximation.
 Students may
prepare for this event by practicing rapid reading and mental arithmetic,
learning shortcuts and checks in computation, and learning standard formulas.
Formulas will not be provided.
 The Mad Hatter
results for individual participants are based on raw score. Each correct answer earns 1 point towards an
individual’s score in this contest.
Incorrect answers and blank answers earn 0 points towards an individual’s
score. Incorrect answers vs blank
answers will be considered in breaking tie scores.
 Awards will be
given to the top fifteen students in each division.
 Tie scores will
only be broken to obtain the top 15 students in each division. First tie breaker: the individual with the
least number of incorrect (not blank) answers will win the tie. Second tie breaker: if both individuals have
the same raw score and the same number of incorrect answers, then individual
responses of the two students are compared, starting with the hardest problem
(the last problem) and working backward.
The individual able to correctly answer the hardest problem will win the
tie. Winners of tie breakers will have
0.05 point added to their raw scores.
Middle School Leap Frog Team
Relay
 Open only to Middle School students. One team of 2 students (that is, each middle
school can send 2 students to this event) will represent each middle school.
There is no grade
level or course level restriction.
 One set of
problems will be handed to each twoperson team. The team will discuss which
problems each person will work. For the next 45 minute period, each person will
work on his/her particular problems. During the final 35 minute period, each
partner will check, correct, or complete the other person's work. During this period students may exchange notes, but no
talking will be permitted.
 Problems
will be graded right or wrong (no partial credit will be given).
 In
terms of level of difficulty, problems are somewhat similar to the questions
given in AMC8 or MathCounts Events.
 Awards
will be given to the top 15 teams.
High School Leap Frog Team Relay
 Open
only to High School students. One team
of 2 students (that is, each high school can send 2 students to this event)
will represent each high school. There
is no grade level or course level restriction.
 One
set of problems, chosen from all levels of high school mathematics, will be
handed to each twoperson team. The team will discuss which problems each
person will work. For the next 45 minute period, each person will work on
his/her particular problems. During the final 35 minute period, each
participant will check, correct, or complete the other person's work. During
this period students may exchange notes, but no talking will be permitted.

Problems
will be graded right or wrong (no partial credit will be given).
 Practice
in doing neat work, proper checking, and working with a partner will be
helpful.
 Awards
will be given to the top 15 teams.
Discovery
Quest
 This
contest is open to one contestant from each high school. Middle school students may not participate in
this competition. There is no
grade level or course level restriction for high school students..

In
this contest there will be a strong emphasis on imagination, originality, and
mathematical perception. Contestants will write solutions to a set of 5 to 7
problems.
 Problem
solutions must show all the steps in the solution process from problem
statement to answer. Solutions are given
partial credit, as appropriate.
 Awards
will be given to the top 10 individuals.
Team Competition
 Team
scores for each middle school will
be computed by adding the individual scores of contestants in Integrated contest for 6th, 7th & 8th, and MS Leap Frog.
Middle schools only compete against middle schools.
 Team
scores for each high school will be
computed by adding the individual scores of contestants in Algebra I, Geometry,
Algebra II, Statistics, Open (Precalculus), Calculus, HS Leap Frog, and
Discovery Quest. High schools only
compete against high schools.
Calculator Policy
Any scientific and graphing calculators, except the QWERTY type calculators
may be used in the contest (except Calculus) so please encourage your students to bring one with them to the contest venue.
No other electronic devices, cell phones or iPads may be used.
